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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sharks 3, Panthers 0

Despite a stellar 36-save performance from Tim Thomas, the Panthers fall 3-0 to the Sharks.

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 10:49 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Sharks 3, Panthers 0
Thu
1/16/2014
0-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Sharks 0 1 2 0 3
FLA - NONE
SJS - J. Thornton (6), M. Nieto (3), J. Pavelski (22)
  
   

SUNRISE, FL —  (NHL.com) - San Jose Sharks backup goalie Alex Stalock made a good case Thursday night for more action.

Getting a rare start in place of starter Antti Niemi, Stalock made 24 saves for his first career shutout when the Sharks beat the Florida Panthers 3-0 at BB&T Center.

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"We weren't happy that they came and took it to us, that they were the team ready to play and we weren't...We were at home. They flew thousands of miles and it didn't look like it. They looked like the fresh home team and we couldn't get anything going."

- Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas
 
1. Netminder A Game Early: The Panthers and Sharks traded chances throughout and it was the goaltenders that kept the offenses quiet for most of the night. As usual, Tim Thomas was spectacular, especially when seeing 21 shots in the opening 20 minutes. On the other side, San Jose started backup Alex Stalock as they rested Antti Niemi but Stalock, who came into the game with a 2.03 GAA and .932 save percentage was equally as strong, especially early when the Panthers recorded the first five shots of the game and then in the second period when they posted 11 more.

2. On The Kill: Each team had their power play chances but it was the penalty kill units that got the best of their counterparts. Florida, in fact had to kill off a 5-on-3 San Jose advantage for 1:29 in the first period and did it exceptionally well, limiting the Sharks to two shots on the advantage. The team's penalty kill units combined to kill off all seven power play opportunities with Florida killing off an additional penalty on the night. All-in-all Florida and San Jose had over 12 minutes in power play time but could only muster five shots between the teams.

3. Breakaway Winner: Time ticked slowly towards a second full scoreless period but Joe Thornton changed that in the dying seconds of the second with the eventual game-winner as he scored on a lob shot on the breakaway, just getting it past Thomas' glove. Florida had an excellent chance to tie it in the third but Stalock came up with a big save on Scottie Upshall and the Sharks went down on the ensuing rush to net the second goal of the game 4:44 in and then Joe Pavelski salted it away with less than 10 minutes to play.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@OaknerRyan: Tough loss for the @FlaPanthers against a great team! Learn from it and move on! Still love the future of this team! #REDRising #GoCats

@Tino_bornancini: DONT GIVE UP PANTHERSSSS WE WILL CHEER FOREVER #flapanthers @FlaPanthers

@WilderMatt: I still have hope. We have done this before. #comebackcats @FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Aaron Hintze: Better luck next game cats!

Jeff Carter: some nights our cats just make the opposing goalie look amazing. oh well, onward and upward boys.

Alejandro Hernandez: :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:( C'mon boys!!!!!!
 



3. Having to kill off seven penalties on the night, each team had their chances shorthanded with both finishing with three shots on the other team's power play.

5. Five was the magic number for the shot leaders as Dmitry Kulikov led the way for the Cats with five while Patrick Marleau, Matt Nieto and Brent Burns each finished with five for San Jose.

24. The Panthers penalty kill unit has been excellent over the last eight and a half games. Killing off all four San Jose chances, Florida has now killed off 24 straight penalites going back to Dec. 28 vs Detroit.

50.2. San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton the late second period lead, scoring the first goal of the game with 50.2 seconds remaining in the frame.

40. Florida finished with 40 hits in the game, 21 more than San Jose. The Panthers were led by forward Sean Bergenheim's game-high six hits.

 
Alex Stalock
Wasn't as busy as his counterpart but kept the Panthers off the scoreboard when they had their opportunites for his first shutout of the season.

24 Shots, 24 Saves, 1.000 SV%
 
 
Florida hits the road for three straight games and it begins Saturday night in Raleigh as the Cats take on their former Southeast Division rivals, the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina hasn't played since Monday when they were shut out 2-0 by the Calgary Flames. The Canes are currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division but only five points out of a playoff spot. Offensively, captain Eric Staal and winger Jeff Skinner sit atop the points scoreboard, each posting 35 points. Skinner has already posted 21 goals on the season. Justin Peters (2.38 GAA, 7-9-4) has seen a lot of work with Cam Ward (3.19 GAA, 6-7-5) currently on injured reserve.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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